It’ll be some time yet before we see electric bikes as commonly as the manual alternative, but not if they all looked like this. The BMW i pedelec (pictured) is a lightweight aluminium and carbon fibre folding bike designed to fit into the trunk a car, with a battery that also functions as a generator to prevent you running out of juice when you most need it.
The BMW i pedelec (seen via designboom), with its modern design features a carbon fibre build that according to BMW, results in a lightweight ride. The 3-speed bicycle comes fitted with an electric motor to assist the rider with speeds of up to 16 miles per hour, with a range of around 16-25 miles – which should be enough for even the most ambitious of bike rides.
Audi Worthersee e-bike is fast, fun, and clever
The BMW i pedelec is even more unique since it folds into itself for easy storage and transportation when not in use. Like electric cars, its battery can be charged. It has a a quick charge time of a minimum 1.5 hours from a wall socket, or the trunk of BMW’s i3 concept car.
Not that the i pedelec would be likely to run out of juice anytime soon. The bike has a generator that stores kinetic energy when going downhill. It could be a long time before we see the BMW i pedelec in shops anytime soon, but if there’s any bike likely to tempt us from the motor, it’s the BMW i pedelec.
Although car-maker Audio would have something to say about that. In May it revealed its Worthersee e-bike concept, with assisted pedaling, while Specialized launched its Turbo bike – the world’s fastest electric bike, capable of speeds up up to 28 miles per hour.
Would you swap your motor for any of the above?